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    Mel covered the Orpheus and Alex Keenan songs in an earlier post.

    THINGS I'D LIKE TO SAY hit #16 on the Billboard Top 40 in 1969, six places higher than their more well-known I WILL ALWAYS THINK ABOUT YOU (#22 in 1968), although the latter was the bigger hit in Hawaii, taking the #1 spot on the Top 300 Marathon of Hits at least once.

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    Howzit, all--
    Thanks for the fun memories, songs, and stories...I had to respond after someone mentioned my good buddy Craig T. from Pahoa as well as catching radio stations in Honoka`a, where I'm also from.
    I play music with "RKSB"--a band that plays 60's and 70's songs including: Summer Sun, Sunlight, If That's The Way That You Want It, Crystal Blue Persuasion, Ebony Eyes, Suavecito, Baby I'm A-Want You, My Hawaii, All Right Now, No Matter What, etc. Come hear RKSB at Ige's in Pearl City on Sept. 15, Oct. 20, or Nov. 17, 2006. Craig T. ("Mister Pahoa Basketball") is usually there when we play and the place fills w/"our generation" of locals who know what the very best music and local grindz is. If you can't make it on those dates, all Fridays at Ige's are 60's and 70's nights w/other live bands.
    If you do make it, please come say hello, I'm the wannabe RKSB guitar player.
    Alooooha!

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    You guys play good stuff ....... I've seen you folks several times at IGE'S (oooh, dat shoyu pork and teriyaki flap meat!). I know both Brad (drummer) and Duane (keyboard).

    I played hoops with Craig for years in park leagues that I ran. I remember the last game 15 years ago when we beat my Kauai friends by 20! "Mr. T" ran wild with 25 and I even scored seven (low man) as we had no subs. Went outside after the game to grind and celebrate with a few cans of "liquid refreshments."

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    Eh, "O.P."--
    So you know Craig (Mr. Pahoa basketball)...and you also know keyboard player Duane (Mr. Kohala fingers) & drummer Brad ("Crazeee") from the Royal Kunia Street Band (RKSB).

    Craig is interested in getting back on the court so we should find some others and play some slo-motion basketball (anyone interested?). Craig and I played for years also, starting in college in the Klum Gym Intramural leagues and later at various gyms and leagues.

    You are a mystery man...please come say "howzit" if you come to Ige's next Friday, Sept. 15th and put an end to this mystery. Brad & Duane & I will be playing classic rock and soul from the late 60's and 70's with Royal Kunia Street Band. Craig may show up again at Ige's also!--RKSBGUITAR
    Last edited by RKSBGUITAR; September 9th, 2006 at 12:13 AM. Reason: mistakenly put my name instead of my posted name

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    Please keep this thread on topic..... top 40 radio in Hawaii, 50s - 80s.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mel
    Please keep this thread on topic..... top 40 radio in Hawaii, 50s - 80s.

    We're trying to. RKSB plays top 40 radio hits from the '60s (GROOVIN'; CRYSTAL BLUE PERSUASION) and '70s (TOGETHER; BOOGIE-OOGIE-OOGIE, JUST MY IMAGINATION), often in well-conceived medleys. Those "marathons" keep people dancing on the floor for 10-15 minutes at a crack.

    One night, another friend of mine, Mike Chock of Greenwood, went on stage to sing SUAVECITO.

    I should be at IGE'S on the 15th.

    Mel, the CDs are just about ready. Four discs, 120 songs. Still have to print the list of tunes.
    Last edited by oceanpacific; September 9th, 2006 at 04:43 PM.

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    OP--
    Hope to see you on 9/15 at Ige's.
    Did you already have your Hilo Reunion?
    I liked your idea of putting together a CD of Rain Songs.
    I remember geting a collection called "Rhythm of the Rain"--it has 20 Rain songs on CD. I looked through my CD's and found an amazing amount of other Rain songs from the obvious (Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head) to the obscure. Couldn't find "Hilo's Such a Rainy Old Town" by Olomana, "Stormy" by Classics IV or the Beatles song "When the Rain Comes" (title?)--rksbguitar

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    Quote Originally Posted by RKSBGUITAR
    OP--
    Hope to see you on 9/15 at Ige's.
    Did you already have your Hilo Reunion?
    I liked your idea of putting together a CD of Rain Songs.
    I remember geting a collection called "Rhythm of the Rain"--it has 20 Rain songs on CD. I looked through my CD's and found an amazing amount of other Rain songs from the obvious (Raindrops Keep Fallin' On My Head) to the obscure. Couldn't find "Hilo's Such a Rainy Old Town" by Olomana, "Stormy" by Classics IV or the Beatles song "When the Rain Comes" (title?)--rksbguitar
    My reunion will be from 9/29-10/01 in Hilo. I'm the MC and program chairman in charge of the video slide show presentation, CD called "Hilo Kine Weather" (27 rain songs), and I'll also be doing some duets with a classmate. "Oldies," of course.

    I remember seeing that "rain" anthology at Tower Records. Just thought I'd burn my own and fill up the disc.

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    So did you folks make it out to Iges? I went and Royal Kunia Street Band Rocks. In fact, I found out that one of the guys in the band is my classmate.
    Whoa, Mista Buss Driva, eh, you can stop the buss o wat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Moto
    So did you folks make it out to Iges? I went and Royal Kunia Street Band Rocks. In fact, I found out that one of the guys in the band is my classmate.
    Yep, I was also there. Good music, but the dancers were slow to hit the floor. Just like back in high school 30-40 years ago: everyone "shame" to be the first up there. It picked up by the middle of the first set and was going full blast by the end of the set.

    I go to IGE'S almost every Friday as I know the other bands that perform. But, not the next two as I'll be out of town on the 22nd and 29th.

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    I remember one night cruising at my friends house in Kahala and the Kamasami Kong Gong show was on. (1976) My friend decided to call in and sing Kalapana's Moon and Stars in a filipino accent (he's German/Pacific Islander) It brought the house down! and he didn't get gonged. and Kong played it back for the next 2 years. It was so funny.

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    I'm Hawaii's first woman FM DJ, Leilani McCoy. I started at KKUA then went to KPOI FM to start that station. What nice memories you bring up.

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    Aloha Mel and Manny and all the contributors to this old thread. I play the part of "The Real" Ron O'Neil, Sunday afternoons on Oldies 107.9. I had an email request for Alex Keenan's "One Day of Your Life" this past Sunday. If someone takes the time to send me a note and request, I love to do my part and play that song if I can. I do still believe requests are to be played and it is sad to say, but the request line does not go crazy like it did back in the 70's. I really enjoyed this thread, as my 1-Click Answers search found this thread with the mention of Alex Keenan. I arrived here on the islands in the summer of '79 and played on KKUA for a year, and then over to KPOI 98 Rock before I entered the world of TV and commercial audio production. Radio has always been my first love and since Oldies came on the air in 1997, it's airwave has been my playground on Sunday afternoons. I was blessed to have witnessed that tail end of the Hawaiian Music Renaissance in the 70's you so lovinly speak of. Reading these songs titles drives me to ask this question.. "Why can't we do it again?" Oh Ed! Thanks for all the great "jibber jabber"!. Happy Trails _ trro

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    Bumping this thread up, I'd like to offer this web player where some of the songs discussed previously can now be heard.

    http://oldie45s.muxtape.com/

    And if you got your own MP3s you can create your own Top 40 memories and post em to muxtape.com.
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    Hi Mel and Hawaii radio gang-

    My name is John and I've been following this Hawaii Top 40 thread for a while with much interest and finally decided to chime in with a few comments. I am currently the General Manager/Part-Owner of FM97 Radio here in Lihue and worked in Honolulu radio during the late 60's and early 70's at KGU, KPOI and KIKI.

    In 1969, I left KPOI and became the first Program Director at KIKI during their re-entry into the Top 40 wars against the leaders, KPOI and KKUA. Although possessing almost no promotional budget or known DJs, we attempted to gain listeners by playing the best new music and by "breaking" the hits before the other stations. This was truly the "fun" times of Top 40 radio when those of us in programming positions tried our best to break the hits before the crosstown rivals. Listeners were the beneficiaries of this "battle" because they were able to hear a wide array of great music with many becoming giant regional hits.
    Being a local programmer, I was fortunate to "know" what kinds of songs Hawaii listeners loved and during my tenure at KIKI was able to "break" many hits including: "Forevermore" by The Tokyo Happy Coats", "One Day Of Your Life" by Alex Keenan,
    "Groovin' (Out On Life)" by The Newbeats, "Can't Find The Time" by Orpheus, "My Dream" by Sunny & The Sunliners, "Soul Deep" by The Box Tops, among others. There's an interesting story behind the breaking of each of those songs but space doesn't alow the telling, unless someone is really interested in hearing the "gory details". Although my station here in Lihue normally airs an adult contemporary format, we still play many of these songs during our "Solid Gold Weekends" when we feature nothing but oldies during holidays and long weekends.

    Interestingly, I was just in touch with Alex Keenan via the internet and he was delighted to hear from the guy who broke his #1 record here in Hawaii. He is well and still singing in and round England and said he almost came to our state to promote the song but balked when he discovered that it was going to be on his "dime" and not the company's funds.

    Well, I've rambled on enough...I've met many great people in the radio business over the years and I hope to hear from them again and find out how they are doing.

    Aloha!

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    So cool to read you, Big John.

    Were all of the years covered in this thread spent in Hawaii? were you ever in radio in California, Texas or any other of the mainland states? If so, did you ever meet a DJ nicknamed The Vanilla Gorilla, real name of Jim Wood, from California?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Karen View Post
    So cool to read you, Big John.

    Were all of the years covered in this thread spent in Hawaii? were you ever in radio in California, Texas or any other of the mainland states? If so, did you ever meet a DJ nicknamed The Vanilla Gorilla, real name of Jim Wood, from California?
    Karen Kamasami Kong (Robert Zix) used that nickname as well.
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    Really? Wow, where was Kong at? California, too?

    Jim was on a black station in the sixties, I think it was in Southern CA. and man what a voice he had! He should have gotten an agent and gone far with it, but suffice it to say that many still list him as one of "the greats" along with Wolfman Jack and Jim was as talented and creative with it, but what freaked people out was when they found out he was white, hence the nickname Vanilla Gorilla.

    I wonder which of them used the nick first. Is Kong still alive? if not, would he be in his seventies, now? Jim would be, but passed away at least ten years ago.
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    Kong is still very much alive having started back in 1965 on the mainland before coming to Hawaii.

    Zix gave me my start in Hawaii radio broadcasting back in 1982 at KIKI AM 83 he was called the Vanilla Gorilla because of his name Kamasami Kong coupled with the fact that he is as white as it gets. Kong is an amazing person to work under, always in a brainstorm at any given time, it's as if his mind never shuts down. When he sits at his desk, his hands are clasped together and his fingers rubbing his chin as if in deep thought.
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    Quote Originally Posted by craigwatanabe View Post
    Kong is still very much alive having started back in 1965 on the mainland before coming to Hawaii.

    Zix gave me my start in Hawaii radio broadcasting back in 1982 at KIKI AM 83 he was called the Vanilla Gorilla because of his name Kamasami Kong coupled with the fact that he is as white as it gets. Kong is an amazing person to work under, always in a brainstorm at any given time, it's as if his mind never shuts down. When he sits at his desk, his hands are clasped together and his fingers rubbing his chin as if in deep thought.
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    In case you have not seen this...

    An amusing old clip of Kong courtesy of Kalihiboy:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eA4dYEG-LkE

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    As this is a thread discussing Hawai'i Radio memories, I was wondering if anybody might have radio station surveys (top 20 or top 40 sheets that were published weekly) from any stations, dated earlier than 1960? I am looking for these from Hawai'i in particular (among a few other places I can name)...I am a very serious collector and I am generous...do any of these exist?

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